With the increase of the pandemic all over the world, as a result, protective equipment usage has increased considerably. The masks usage has reached a threatening level for the environment. For this reason, we decided to produce nature-friendly, recyclable masks.
The Natural Mask project is prepared for eTwinning and Tubitak, which is also a STEM project. Considering the environmental pollution, it is obvious that single-use masks are a threat to the environment. Based on this, we designed a disinfectable mask at home using organic Arçelik, which is a Turkish brand, filament in a 3D printer. The students have witnessed every stage of the process and the project was implemented.
Related to 2020 STEM Discovery Campaign activities, we wanted to emphasize the importance and necessity of “recycling” with our students. In the recent past, we wanted to raise awareness of serious environmental issues affecting the world. In order to achieve these goals, with TEMA Foundation Turkey (Turkey Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Resources Foundation), we conducted joint studies. Our activities were held in the period of 13 – 20 April 2020. As one of these works, we designed flower pots from recycled materials.
When the working process was examined, we prepared a work plan with the students first. In line with this plan, we made a distribution of tasks among students. Every week, a group of students completed their preparations and fulfilled the assigned tasks.
First, students created an awareness board on the environment and recycling. This board was prepared as other students in the school can see. There were interesting articles and pictures on the board.
Later, a different group of students prepared a presentation on water consumption in nature. Students made their presentations in the classroom. In the presentation, the problems related to water consumption, the amount of water required for each consumption material and the importance of the water cycle were mentioned. During the presentation, the students answered questions from other students. In addition, awareness tables about the amount of water required for each consumer item were created and various places in the school were hung.